From the Middle Ages until the Renaissance, well before its transformation into a private residence open to hospitality, the Historic House Le Logge di Silvignano was a fortified Villa guarding the Passo della Spina, in the then Papal States.
At that time, the Contado di Spoleto counted about eighty villas and castles, the latter always equipped with walls. The dwellings communicated visually with each other or by sending pigeons, housed in the many dovecotes in the area, single-pitched roof architectures that still exert a great charm in this landscape of villages, olive trees and wooded hills.
Without walls, the villas had the function of defending and collecting tolls when they were in a strategic position, such as the Historic House Le Logge di Silvignano, which had been a charming holiday home for several years.
At 600 meters above sea level, in the valley between Monte Poreta and the Rocche di Pianciano, the house is located on what was the old dirt road between Campello sul Clitunno and Via della Spina which, crossing the Colfiorito plateau and the Valnerina, reaches the Marche and the Adriatic Sea. A street of great historical importance, this, which well explains the architectural preciousness of the house.
The medieval dovecote tower, part of the private home of the owners Diana and Alberto, and a fifteenth-century porch, Loggia, with arches resting on octagonal terracotta columns characterize the current country house. A detail, the eight-sided cut, a symbol of infinity, granted at the time only to the properties of the Vatican State. Among the most significant examples of medieval architecture (XI-XV century) of the Contado di Spoleto, the Villa is protected by the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism of the Italian State and, since 2003 and is part of the Association of Historic Italian Houses .
The house of Diana and Alberto is harmoniously integrated into the ancient village of Silvignano, with foundations of the eleventh century, surrounded by walls from the mid-fourteenth century, from which you can see, on the top of a mountain behind it, the ruins of a watchtower.
A military garrison was assigned to the village to defend the valleys of Pettino and Spina. With the Castle of Campello and that of the Acera, it became part, in all respects, of the defense system of the Contado di Spoleto. In 1480, Spoleto decreed the annexation of the Villa di Silvignano to the Castello di Poreta which paid 100 florins for it.
In the village there is an interesting Romanesque church dedicated to San Giovanni Evangelista with remains of the XII century and a beautiful portal.
The most interesting element of Silvignano remains a precious votive aedicule with frescoes from the second half of the 14th century depicting a Madonna on the throne, with San Giovanni Battista and San Giovanni Evangelista, with San Giacomo and Sant'Antonio Abate and above the Agnus Gods, attributed to the Maestro del Dittico Cini . The chapel is part of a circuit of newsstands on the Via della Spina placed at road junctions, painted by the master painters of Giotto's factory in the Basilica of Assisi, who thus thanked the hospitality received during the journey to Abruzzo or the Marche . The little chapels had the function of guaranteeing protection to anyone who started traveling by leaving the safer walls of the village.
Diana and Alberto like to think that they protect even the most modern trekkers, cyclists, guests and travelers who spend a few nights in the apartments of the Logge di Silvignano.